Free, Equal and Mutual is a centenary anthology based on Rudolf Steiner’s vision for a free, equal and mutual society. In it, articles from twenty contributors discuss ways to use social threefolding as a launching pad for social action, research, and change.
Our market dominated society is in meltdown with resurgent nationalism, global warming, rising inequality, and blowback from wars. Rudolf Steiner’s free, equal and mutual vision offers a timely alternative for rebalancing society. This pushes back from the market, from politics and culture. How? Healthy boundaries are reasserted between the private business sector, the public state sector and the plural cultural sector. This shapes a dynamic threefold society based on mutuality, equality and freedom – for people and planet.
Rudolf Steiner campaigned for threefold society in the war-torn Germany of 1917-19, activated by the compelling need to create the conditions for lasting peace. He recognised that the dynamics of politics, economic life, and culture were very different. He saw self determination for people as healthy, but prophetically saw national self-determination under Versailles as a recipe for toxic nationalism and more war.